# More General Transfer Function Models

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More General Transfer Function Models
Poles and Zeros: The dynamic behavior of a transfer function model can be characterized by the numerical value of its poles and zeros. General Representation of ATF: There are two equivalent representations: Chapter 6

Chapter 6 where {zi} are the “zeros” and {pi} are the “poles”.
We will assume that there are no “pole-zero” calculations. That is, that no pole has the same numerical value as a zero. Review: in order to have a physically realizable system. Chapter 6

Example 6.2 For the case of a single zero in an overdamped second-order transfer function, calculate the response to the step input of magnitude M and plot the results qualitatively. Chapter 6 Solution The response of this system to a step change in input is

Note that as expected; hence, the effect of including the single zero does not change the final value nor does it change the number or location of the response modes. But the zero does affect how the response modes (exponential terms) are weighted in the solution, Eq A certain amount of mathematical analysis (see Exercises 6.4, 6.5, and 6.6) will show that there are three types of responses involved here: Chapter 6 Case a: Case b: Case c:

Chapter 6

Chapter 6 Summary: Effects of Pole and Zero Locations Poles
Pole in “right half plane (RHP)”: results in unstable system (i.e., unstable step responses) Imaginary axis x x = unstable pole Chapter 6 x Real axis x Complex pole: results in oscillatory responses Imaginary axis x = complex poles x Real axis x

Pole at the origin (1/s term in TF model): results in an “integrating process”
Zeros Note: Zeros have no effect on system stability. Zero in RHP: results in an inverse response to a step change in the input Chapter 6 Imaginary axis x Real axis inverse response y t Zero in left half plane: may result in “overshoot” during a step response (see Fig. 6.3).

Chapter 6 Inverse Response Due to Two Competing Effects
An inverse response occurs if:

Time Delays Chapter 6 Time delays occur due to: Fluid flow in a pipe
Transport of solid material (e.g., conveyor belt) Chemical analysis Sampling line delay Time required to do the analysis (e.g., on-line gas chromatograph) Chapter 6 Mathematical description: A time delay, , between an input u and an output y results in the following expression:

Chapter 6 Example: Turbulent flow in a pipe
Let, fluid property (e.g., temperature or composition) at point 1 fluid property at point 2 Chapter 6 Fluid In Fluid Out Point 1 Point 2 Figure 6.5 Assume that the velocity profile is “flat”, that is, the velocity is uniform over the cross-sectional area. This situation is analyzed in Example 6.5 and Fig. 6.6.

Chapter 6

Example 6.5 For the pipe section illustrated in Fig. 6.5, find the transfer functions: (a) relating the mass flow rate of liquid at 2, w2, to the mass flow rate of liquid at 1, wt, (b) relating the concentration of a chemical species at 2 to the concentration at 1. Assume that the liquid is incompressible. Chapter 6 Solution (a) First we make an overall material balance on the pipe segment in question. Since there can be no accumulation (incompressible fluid), material in = material out

Putting (6-30) in deviation form and taking Laplace transforms yields the transfer function,
(b) Observing a very small cell of material passing point 1 at time t, we note that in contains Vc1(t) units of the chemical species of interest where V is the total volume of material in the cell. If, at time t + , the cell passes point 2, it contains units of the species. If the material moves in plug flow, not mixing at all with adjacent material, then the amount of species in the cell is constant: Chapter 6 or

Chapter 6 Time Delays (continued)
An equivalent way of writing (6-31) is if the flow rate is constant. Putting (6-32) in deviation form and taking Laplace transforms yields Chapter 6 Time Delays (continued) Transfer Function Representation: Note that has units of time (e.g., minutes, hours)

Chapter 6 Polynomial Approximations to
For purposes of analysis using analytical solutions to transfer functions, polynomial approximations for are commonly used. Example: simulation software such as MATLAB and MatrixX. Chapter 6 Two widely used approximations are: Taylor Series Expansion: The approximation is obtained by truncating after only a few terms.

Many are available. For example, the 1/1 approximation is, Chapter 6 Implications for Control: Time delays are very bad for control because they involve a delay of information.

Interacting vs. Noninteracting Systems
Consider a process with several invariables and several output variables. The process is said to be interacting if: Each input affects more than one output. or A change in one output affects the other outputs. Otherwise, the process is called noninteracting. As an example, we will consider the two liquid-level storage systems shown in Figs. 4.3 and 6.13. In general, transfer functions for interacting processes are more complicated than those for noninteracting processes. Chapter 6

Chapter 6 Figure 4.3. A noninteracting system:
two surge tanks in series. Chapter 6 Figure Two tanks in series whose liquid levels interact.

Chapter 6 Substituting (4-49) into (4-48) eliminates q1:
Figure 4.3. A noninteracting system: two surge tanks in series. Chapter 6 Mass Balance: Valve Relation: Substituting (4-49) into (4-48) eliminates q1:

Chapter 6 Putting (4-49) and (4-50) into deviation variable form gives
The transfer function relating to is found by transforming (4-51) and rearranging to obtain Chapter 6 where and Similarly, the transfer function relating to is obtained by transforming (4-52).

The same procedure leads to the corresponding transfer functions for Tank 2,
Chapter 6 where and Note that the desired transfer function relating the outflow from Tank 2 to the inflow to Tank 1 can be derived by forming the product of (4-53) through (4-56).

Chapter 6 or which can be simplified to yield
a second-order transfer function (does unity gain make sense on physical grounds?). Figure 4.4 is a block diagram showing information flow for this system.

Block Diagram for Noninteracting Surge Tank System
Figure 4.4. Input-output model for two liquid surge tanks in series.

Dynamic Model of An Interacting Process
Chapter 6 Figure Two tanks in series whose liquid levels interact. The transfer functions for the interacting system are:

Chapter 6 In Exercise 6.15, the reader can show that ζ>1 by analyzing the denominator of (6-71); hence, the transfer function is overdamped, second order, and has a negative zero.

Model Comparison Noninteracting system Interacting system
General Conclusions 1. The interacting system has a slower response. (Example: consider the special case where t = t1= t2.) 2. Which two-tank system provides the best damping of inlet flow disturbances?

Approximation of Higher-Order Transfer Functions
In this section, we present a general approach for approximating high-order transfer function models with lower-order models that have similar dynamic and steady-state characteristics. In Eq. 6-4 we showed that the transfer function for a time delay can be expressed as a Taylor series expansion. For small values of s, Chapter 6

An alternative first-order approximation consists of the transfer function,
Chapter 6 where the time constant has a value of Equations 6-57 and 6-58 were derived to approximate time-delay terms. However, these expressions can also be used to approximate the pole or zero term on the right-hand side of the equation by the time-delay term on the left side.

Skogestad (2002) has proposed a related approximation method for higher-order models that contain multiple time constants. He approximates the largest neglected time constant in the following manner. One half of its value is added to the existing time delay (if any) and the other half is added to the smallest retained time constant. Time constants that are smaller than the “largest neglected time constant” are approximated as time delays using (6-58). Chapter 6

Chapter 6 Example 6.4 Consider a transfer function:
Derive an approximate first-order-plus-time-delay model, Chapter 6 using two methods: The Taylor series expansions of Eqs and 6-58. Skogestad’s half rule Compare the normalized responses of G(s) and the approximate models for a unit step input.

Solution The dominant time constant (5) is retained. Applying the approximations in (6-57) and (6-58) gives: and Chapter 6 Substitution into (6-59) gives the Taylor series approximation,

(b) To use Skogestad’s method, we note that the largest neglected time constant in (6-59) has a value of three. According to his “half rule”, half of this value is added to the next largest time constant to generate a new time constant The other half provides a new time delay of 0.5(3) = 1.5. The approximation of the RHP zero in (6-61) provides an additional time delay of 0.1. Approximating the smallest time constant of 0.5 in (6-59) by (6-58) produces an additional time delay of 0.5. Thus the total time delay in (6-60) is, Chapter 6

Chapter 6 and G(s) can be approximated as:
The normalized step responses for G(s) and the two approximate models are shown in Fig Skogestad’s method provides better agreement with the actual response. Chapter 6 Figure 6.10 Comparison of the actual and approximate models for Example 6.4.

Chapter 6 Example 6.5 Consider the following transfer function:
Use Skogestad’s method to derive two approximate models: A first-order-plus-time-delay model in the form of (6-60) A second-order-plus-time-delay model in the form: Chapter 6 Compare the normalized output responses for G(s) and the approximate models to a unit step input.

Solution (a) For the first-order-plus-time-delay model, the dominant time constant (12) is retained. One-half of the largest neglected time constant (3) is allocated to the retained time constant and one-half to the approximate time delay. Also, the small time constants (0.2 and 0.05) and the zero (1) are added to the original time delay. Thus the model parameters in (6-60) are: Chapter 6

(b) An analogous derivation for the second-order-plus-time-delay model gives:
Chapter 6 In this case, the half rule is applied to the third largest time constant (0.2). The normalized step responses of the original and approximate transfer functions are shown in Fig

Multiple-Input, Multiple Output (MIMO) Processes
Most industrial process control applications involved a number of input (manipulated) and output (controlled) variables. These applications often are referred to as multiple-input/ multiple-output (MIMO) systems to distinguish them from the simpler single-input/single-output (SISO) systems that have been emphasized so far. Modeling MIMO processes is no different conceptually than modeling SISO processes. Chapter 6

Chapter 6 For example, consider the system illustrated in Fig. 6.14.
Here the level h in the stirred tank and the temperature T are to be controlled by adjusting the flow rates of the hot and cold streams wh and wc, respectively. The temperatures of the inlet streams Th and Tc represent potential disturbance variables. Note that the outlet flow rate w is maintained constant and the liquid properties are assumed to be constant in the following derivation. Chapter 6 (6-88)

Chapter 6 Figure A multi-input, multi-output thermal mixing process.

Chapter 6